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Political leaders to meet in Denver to calm tensions

Residents stayed away from voter registration over their unhappiness with the new ward demarcation.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura speaks to members of the Denver community near Johannesburg's CBD about their grievances following reports of intimidation against IEC officials during the voting registration weekend on 06 March 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNNESBURG - Political parties are expected to convene a meeting aimed at bringing calm to the community of Denver in Johannesburg after voter registration was interrupted over the weekend.

Hostel dwellers intimidated Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials and community members, leading to a poor voter turnout.

Residents are angry over the demarcation of their ward into a different one, ahead of the local government election, a move which they say was decided and implemented without consultation.

WATCH: Violence and disruption in Johannesburg inner hostels

Many residents from the area stayed away from registration stations over the weekend, and are calling on the demarcation board to reverse its decision of reincorporating their ward into a another one.

One local says he didn't take part in the registration drive because he feels undermined by the demarcation board.

"The highly seated person is not doing their job accordingly; that is why we are fighting each other. At the end of the day, we are killing each other for nothing."

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says he hopes an amicable solution can be reached by all parties involved when they meet later today.

"To see whether as political parties and political leaders can find resolution to the problem."

Residents of Denver have vowed to continue their protest until their grievances are addressed.

Last week, protesting residents from the George Goch Hostel, near Denver torched two vehicles.

Police were called to the area after protesters blocked Main Reef Road with passing motorists also being pelted with stones.

The protest action led to the arrest of 38 people on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.